For two Williamson County men, life is different than it was just two years ago.
Andrew Wilson and Ben Maenza chose to serve their country and both were seriously wounded while deployed in Afghanistan.
Wilson and Maenza are being thanked for their sacrifice with a place to a call home that meets the needs of their “new normal”.
Army Specialist Wilson was honored with his own day. He lost both of his legs in an I.E.D. blast while on patrol in Afghanistan.
“They said I was going to have an escort here. I did not realize it was going to be so many people. It was loud. It was a nice thought. Thank you all so much,” he said of being honored.
He continued, “Definitely was not expecting my own day, but it was more than appreciated. I don't mind getting days proclaimed for myself.”
The organization called Homes for Our Troops is also building Wilson a new home in Nolensville.
Construction should take three to six months, and it is all free.
“Well financially this is a huge help because I won't have a mortgage or anything like that, so its just another huge weight off my shoulders,” Wilson said.
Homes for Our Troops has built 138 homes in 37 states and presented them to America heroes.
Wilson's home will be 3,600 sq. ft with no barriers, wider doors and wider hallways, fully wheelchair accessible.
“Obviously with this house, I won't have to worry about needing help from anybody if I am in my legs or not in my legs, in my wheelchair. I know I can accomplish anything,” Wilson stated.
Maenza is a fellow Brentwood native and wounded warrior.
He lost his legs a year earlier than Andrew in another I.E.D. explosion.
Maenza is also receiving a brand new wheelchair adaptive home.
“It is more than just giving us a house. It is giving us our independence back. It's amazing and obviously I am going to remember it for the rest of my life, and I am completely grateful for the kind of support that we are getting,” he told Nashville's News 2.
The homes for both Wilson and Maenza should be ready for them to move into this fall.
- April 14, 2012: 'Homes for Our Troops' breaks ground on 2 homes for local veterans
- Nov. 19, 2012: Wounded Army Specialist from Brentwood continutes to make strides
- Oct. 4, 2012: Marine who lost both legs prepares for Chicago Marathon
- Feb. 16, 2012: Wounded warrior adjusts to life at home
- Dec. 20, 2011: Brentwood gives local soldier hero's welcome home
- Dec. 15, 2011: Brentwood prepares home for injured soldier's return
- Dec. 17, 2010: Brentwood home gets makeover for injured Marine
- Dec. 11, 2010: Volunteers work to make home accessible for injured Marine